Blue XLR-RCA & RCA-XLR
Double shielded, OFC solid core cables with gold Neutrik XLRs and gold Neutrik RCAs
The Blue XLR-RCA / RCA-XLR cable is from our premium interconnect range. Its no-compromise construction and competitive pricing has seen it favourably compare to some cables costing almost five times as much! Its double shielded and fully balanced design means that it reproduces music with astonishing accuracy, and it has a particularly 'black' lack of background noise as a direct consequence of its design. If your system suffers from hum and noise then this cable might be the solution you have been looking for! The customer testimonials really do speak for themselves.
The cable comes as a stereo pair of mono cables, each cable is fitted with a gold plated Neutrik XLR plug at one end (male or female, specify when ordering), and a Neutrik gold plated RCA plug at the other as standard. We can also fit locking RCA plugs to special order.
When ordering, let us know if you require the XLR shield connecting to the signal ground (this is the standard option we use, and is also used by Neutrik in their XLR-RCA adaptor plugs) or if you would like it left disconnected. if in doubt, consult your equipment manufacturer.
Photo to be updated - the new colour scheme is blue braid, with white or red heatshrink termination. The XLRs have black bodies.
£180 including VAT
0.5m pair, male or
female XLR to RCA
add £50 per 50cm
This morning I hooked up my Quad equipment with your Blue cables, so I thought I would have a quick word about my first impressions of the cables “out of the box”, as follows:
A rich sound, this jumped out at me from the very first listen!
An unforced, easy laid-back quality
Nice detailed "sparkly" highs, which I can only describe as like audio fireworks!
Large soundstage with instruments individually placed in space can be made out on recordings where this separation is present, it is nicely revealed
Good bass. Not heavy or blurred/fuzzy, I do not have to use the Quad 34 bass filter to improve bass
Clarity!! I can now hear most of what Simon and Garfunkel are saying when it gets complicated!
The rough edges are still there but I think these are faults of the recording and not the cables or amps, like I said before maybe a speaker upgrade is called for.
Subjectively conveys more emotion than before,
The background sounds quiet, "black" in fact! Even when there are loud sections. This black background is the biggest most remarkable and most stand out comment I can make, I really do like it so far. I hope and expect it to open out somewhat after a lot more hours
Good vocal tonality and strings sound "real"
I have to say, these Blue cables make my Quad system sound like someone sneaked in and upgraded it while I was sleeping!
I have not pushed it too much yet these are just my first impressions, I look forward to a few more impressions after a few more weeks.
P.S. A lot of what I have described is probably recognisable to other Quad owners as common tonal features of the earlier Quad Equipment, yet I think that the Blue cables with their very good signal properties and good construction just let me hear a whole lot more of what I had in my amps and CD player, but just could not be revealed before..
All the best,
Your cable is nearly run in, and yesterday started sounding very very good!! I think its close to the Chord Company Anthem2 now [which sells at £250 compared to less than £60 for ‘The Blue’]...the treble has calmed a little and is more in focus with the rest of the music....it sounds amazing. It simply does let the music do what it wants to.
The Blue cabling system involves using a twin run of double-shielded cable. This cable has a separate signal ground and separate shielding, which is usually only found on the very highest-end cables, and is what makes this cable sound so good for the money and gives it its characteristic ‘Black’ lack of background noise. If your system suffers from hum and noise then this cable might be the solution you have been looking for! The inner cores are 1mm diameter solid 99.999% OFC copper, and are shielded to block any RFI/EMI that can taint the sound.
Each cable is double shielded, with a braid of copper filaments and also a copper foil to give 100% coverage of the inner conductors. This braid and foil combination acts as an electrical shield, intercepting and removing any harmful radio-frequency interference (RFI) produced by all electrical equipment – especially your hi-fi components themselves! This is why a relatively short length of shielding has such a positive effect on the sound of your system, as the interconnect cables pass right by the transformers and power regulation circuitry in all of your components on your equipment rack. This allows my cables to carry an extremely pure and noise-free signal, which is an essential part of improving the sound of your setup.
The ends of the cable are colour-coded red and white to identify polarity, and where applicable the cable directionality is marked with a band of yellow under the braid at the AMPLIFIER end (or PREAMP if used in a pre/power setup). This shows which end has the outer shield connected to ground - which should be at the (pre)amp end, in order to preserve a star grounding pattern in your system.